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Third Quarter Results

Hershey lowers full-year forecast after international glitch

Hershey has lowered its full year guidance after a slowdown in Brazil and Mexico and a gross profit margin decline due to higher dairy and cocoa costs.

Q3 cocoa grind roundup

Combined cocoa ratio grinds down bean processing in Q3

A lower combined cocoa ratio has caused a decline in cocoa processing in Europe and Asia in Q3, but North America has bucked the trend and could mean consumers in the region have accepted chocolate price hikes.

Changing tactics: Energy chew entrants imminent as drinks run out of steam

The confectionery market is poised to welcome a host of energy drink manufacturers looking to differentiate their brands with energy gum and candy, says an analyst at Datamonitor.

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

Spotlight

Cocoa flavanols in chocolate insufficient to reverse memory decline

Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but...

Wholesale chocolate price hikes may harm emerging markets

Be wary of wholesale chocolate price hikes, warns Euromonitor

Chocolate makers should ensure that wholesale price increases do not stunt growth in the emerging markets, says...

Certified cocoa after the ISO/CEN standard

Is there a place for certified cocoa after the ISO/CEN sustainability standard?

Certified cocoa bodies can co-exist with an international standard for sustainable cocoa that will be finalized in...

Barry Callebaut to spend $11.5m on Brazilian plant expansion
News in brief

Barry Callebaut to spend $11.5m on Brazilian plant expansion

Barry Callebaut will increase capacity at its factory in Extrema, Minas Gerais in Brazil in anticipation of...

Chewing gum and gingivitis inhibition research

Sugar free gum may inhibit gingivitis, say researchers

Xylitol and maltitol-sweetened chewing gum may inhibit gingivitis, but consumers won't get additional benefits if they already...

Natural blue for hard panned confections: Mars patent
Patent Watch

Mars stabilizes natural blue for confections

Mars has filed a patent to make natural blue colors derived from anthocyanins resistant to color changes...

Chocolate from cocoa tray fermentation: Toms
Denmark

Toms finds commercial success with cocoa tray fermentation

Danish confectioner Toms says its Ekstra chocolate brand that only uses tray fermented cocoa has proved that an...

ICAM Vanini premium chocolate launch

Lost World: ICAM taps Amazonian cocoa for Vanini brand launch

Italian confectioner ICAM has launched premium chocolate brand Vanini in the US, which uses Bagua cocoa, grown...

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